Alice Springs Residents Plead for Better Public Housing and more Zedlines...

Town camps in Alice Springs are pleading Northern Territory government for better public housing. (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Resident of the Anthepe town camp Phil Miller said he has been asking for repairs to made for years as the lights do not work.

The Labor Government have continued Liberal Government’s review of Northern Territory’s forty-three town camps housing conditions, however, the review has never been made public.

 

Greens would see communities write their own neighbourhood plans

A new Queensland Greens policy would allow residents more power over building height and the opportunity to write their own planning documents under the proposed policy.

This proposal will overhaul the current planning laws that are in use around the city.

Under the Greens' plan, building height limits would be strict and non-negotiable, with binding mandatory requirements for trees and green space.

 

Opposition demands Palaszczuk to cut CFMEU ties

The Liberal National Party is challenging Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to distance the Labor Government from the powerful Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy union.

LNP Leader Tim Nicholls challenged Ms Palaszczuk to cut CFMEU links to her government and return money the union has donated to the Labor party.

This comes after the Queensland Government announced it would move to ban donations from developers to state and local political parties, which the LNP say should include unions.

 

Coffin-bearing far-right protesters crash Moreland council meeting

Far-right protesters have again disrupted a Moreland City Council meeting, brandishing coffins painted with the Australian flag and calling councillors traitors.

Members of the far-right group, Patriot Blue, entered the Coburg council chambers shortly after 8pm on Wednesday night yelling that the meeting was over and that councillors were "traitors to your nation".

This is the second time the group has interrupted a Moreland meeting to protest the council's decision to keep citizenship ceremonies but drop any reference to Australia Day on January 26 and to join the campaign to change the date.

 

21 dead in california wildfires

Wildfires in Northern California leave at least twenty-one dead with more than a further 550 people missing.

More than six hundred and eighty seven square kilometers have been scorched, in what officials say is one of the deadliest wildfire outbreaks in history.

Firefighters fear resurgent winds and dry conditions will only spread the fires further.

 

Venezuela attorney general announces nine arrests in corruption crackdown 

Venezuela's Attorney General Tarek William Saab announced that a total of nine people have been detained due to charges related to import fraud.

The crimes are related to the importing practices of the company Azucarera Rio Turbio company, which was awarded a contract to import raw materials between 2004 and 2017 amounting to US$156 million dollars.

The defendants are alleged to have implemented over-invoicing practices charged to the Venezuelan state.